Sunday Morning Meditation at the CCOB, 5/17/2020

THE CCOB MORNING OF COLLECTIVE MEDITATION

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

ANGELS AMONG US

READING 1:

In the New Testament we learn that at each significant moment of Christ’s life on Earth, angels showed up. Whether they were in the air or on the land, these guardians relayed prophecy, celebrated moments of joy, provided protection, and delivered messages of hope.

The angel Gabriel not only told Mary she would bear a son, but what the boy would be called, who he was to become, and how his future was already established (Luke 1:30-33).

Angels rejoiced and sang Glorias from the heavens when the baby was born (Luke 2:13-14).

An angel told Joseph he could finally take his son home because Herod and those who wanted to kill the baby were dead (Matthew 2:19-20).

After Jesus endured the Devil’s temptations in the wilderness, the angels came and ministered to him (Matthew 4:11).

An angel sat with Jesus as he prayed in the Garden at Gethsemane (Luke 22:43).

When Jesus was betrayed, he exclaimed that he could have twelve legions of angels to sustain him if he only asked God for help (Matthew 26:53).

An angel rolled back the stone of the tomb of Jesus and another announced his resurrection (Matthew 28: 2, 5-6).

Jesus ascended into Heaven with angels watching nearby (Acts 1:10).

And someday Jesus will send out angels with trumpets to gather his elect from the four winds – from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:31).

Whether we believe in the actual physical embodiment of angels or not, the significance of angels in our lives can be very real.

In his inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln, with a Civil War brewing all around him, spoke of angels. He stated,

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again

touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

As we now face a pandemic which has disrupted our lives in every way imaginable, we must continue to believe in angels…we must BE angels… deliverers of joy, of protection, of hope.

For as we learn in Hebrews: Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (1:14).

And as we are reminded, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (13:2)

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Camp Emmanuel Special Offering

The following post is a Mission Moment prepared by Martha Harr for our service on July 1, 2018. 

Do you ever get tired of turning on the news to hear about all of the bad things that are going on in the world? Sometimes, it would just be nice to tune in and find that EVERY SINGLE NEWS STORY for the day was focused on only happy, good things that are happening!

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Noah Over Nachos, 4/15/18

This “Ponder Play” entitled “Noah Over Nachos” was performed at the Canton Church of the Brethren on April 15, 2018. It was written by Carol Davis and performed by Martha Harr, Robin Henry and Joe Brewer. This play was the 2 of a 3 part performance as part of our congregation’s yearlong emphasis on the environment.

Creation with Coffee, 4/8/18

This “Ponder Play” entitled “Creation with Coffee” was performed at the Canton Church of the Brethren on April 8, 2018.  It was written by Carol Davis and performed by Martha Harr, Robin Henry and Kevin Kessler. This play was the first of a 3 part performance as part of our congregation’s yearlong emphasis on the environment.

Easter Cantata: Praise to the Lamb, 3/25/18

The Canton Church of the Brethren is please to present a special Easter Cantata service, Praise to the Lamb by Stan Pethel.

This service will be held on Palm SundayMarch 25, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Canton Church of the Brethren.

Come hear the Story of Holy Week in song. 

Please, invite your friends, family, and especially young people to attend this service. 

This service will feature

  • Carol Davis – Director
  • Pam Willison – Accompanist
  • The Canton Church of the Brethren Choir
  • Special Guests – Tammy Weaver, Sara Mathis, Greg Mathis, and Trygve Meade
  • Martha Harr – Narrator

…and will include a Special Children’s Story Moment that even the adults will enjoy!

Let us know if you have any question or need any accomodations.  Or you can visit our  “First Time?” page for more information.

STEWARDSHIP IN THE SMALL CHURCH A Reflection by H. Fred Bernhard

The following post is taken from the Canton Chronicle, Vol 2017 #4.  This article was written by the editor of The Canton Chronicle, Martha Harr. 

If you haven’t perused eBrethren, an online Brethren publication, try it sometime. It provides thought-provoking topics through the eyes of many Brethren. You may even recognize some of the authors, especially if you have attended any COB Annual Conferences. The author of the article excerpted here is an example of an extremely likeable and knowledgeable Brethren figure. When Harold and I went to Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands to attend the 300th anniversary celebration, Fred was in charge of leading our travel group and keeping us all “corralled.” That was quite a task, but he succeeded. Fred is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and has served as a pastor and interim pastor in many congregations.

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